Alwyn Eugene Wolfarth, born July 28, 1937 in St. Louis, MO, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and daughter by his side in Vero Beach, Florida on July 5, 2021.
Al was a very intelligent man and believed in the importance and immeasurable value of education. He attended Washington University (St. Louis) where he earned 3 degrees: BSBA with final honors (1959), his law degree (JD, 1963), and his master’s in tax law (LLM, 1968). After his second year of law school, Al joined the Army as a Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps. His tour of duty was extended to 18 months by the Berlin and Cuban crises.
He met his wife, Mary Lou Shelton, in law school and they were happily married in 1963 until her suddenly passing 41 years later. Their only child, Meredith (Middy) Wolfarth Perkins, was the pride of their lives. He was a proud and loving father who engrained in Meredith a strong work ethic, resiliency, kindness and ethics. She and Peter DeWitt Perkins married in 1999 and have two daughters, Lambert and Campbell Perkins. Al had a great sense of humor and loved teasing his grandchildren.
Al joined Monsanto Company in 1964, initially as a tax attorney and later as the officer overseeing the company’s worldwide investments for their pension fund and corporate real estate. During the 21 years he led the pension funds, he had billions of dollars under his control and he consistently provided top quartile performance in the nation with the support of a very strong team. He was a humble man and a wonderful mentor to many of his co-workers. He retired in 1999 from Monsanto, but could not sit still and knew his financial talent could be put to good use so he joined the Christian Brothers Investment Funds in New York City. Later, he was the Chief Investment Officer of a successful fund of buyout funds.
In 2005 he married Bonnie Barton Summers, one of Mary Lou’s closest friends. Al enjoyed spending time with Bonnie’s two children and their grandchildren, H. Meade Summers III (Meade, Hollis, Avery and Piper) and Elizabeth Summers Aladham (Caitlin and Alexandra).
Al supported numerous charities with financial contributions as well as his sound financial advice as a trustee on various boards included the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis Art Museum, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (where he was Senior Warden), Repertory Theatre, Mary Institute and the Metropolitan YMCA. He was an active member at Community Church, Vero Beach and St. Peter’s. He also taught tax law at Washington University Law School and taught at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. In Florida, Al was a long-time member of the 5:00 hour speakers’ committee at the John’s Island Clubwhere he was a member. In St. Louis, he was also a member of The Racquet Club and Missouri Athletic Club. He enjoyed sports, particularly playing basketball in his younger years, and playing tennis and golf as well as watching sports as he got older. He was one of the biggest St. Louis Cardinals fans and loved going to games with his family.
He is also survived by his younger sister, Kathryn Stevens (husband: Tim Stevens, son: John) who lives in Idaho and Middy’s “sister,” Nancy Lambert Gotfredson (Akron, OH), who was like a second daughter to him.
A celebration of his life will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960, Mary Institute Country Day School, 101 N Warson Rd., St Louis, Mo 63124 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 110 N Warson Rd., St Louis, Mo 63124.
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